Papagayo Fishing – ‘Bahamas Boat’

(1) In demand!
Playas Del Coco
Coco GU, Costa Rica

Papagayo Fishing is located in the community of Playas del Coco, 30 minutes away from the Liberia International Airport. This is a small community of commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Papagayo and it is close to the most popular hotels on the Northwest of Costa Rica Guanacaste.

Captain Jose Mendez has been fishing for more than 18 years and offers full day and half day trips every day of the week. His two sons also run the boats and are captains, and so is his older brother. They all take turns in being ‘the captain’ – you can’t go wrong fishing with Mendez family.

Captain Jose owns the “Bahamas,” a 27’ Mako center console that can carry up to 3 anglers. She comes with a 150 HP Yamaha 4-stroke engine, top-notch marine electronics and safety gear, and an enclosed toilet in the console of the boat.

The vessel also features everything you can think of when it comes to fishing gadgets – from outriggers and downriggers to a fighting chair, a live bait tank, Tuna tubes, and two ice-chest (one for the catch and one for the customers to use).

The vessel is perfect for inshore fishing for species such as Roosterfish, but it can also take you up to 10 miles offshore in pursuit of Mahi Mahi and Sailfish. The other species you can target are Tuna, Snapper, Kingfish, Amberjack, Grouper, and many others.

All the needed gear will be provided, including top professional tackle by Shimano, lures, and live bait (when available). Snacks and drinks are also provided free of charge on all trips, in addition to lunch being available on full-day trips. Licenses and catch cleaning are also complementary. The captain can even arrange a pickup service by boat at your hotel.

What else can you ask for a perfect Costa Rican adventure?

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    In demand!
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 600
    up to 3 persons
    This 8-hour trip will take you fishing in the Gulf of Papagayo, focusing on Sailfish and Roosterfish. You will have the chance to catch your own fish with the spinning rod in front of the boat while the crew is looking for Roosterfish.
  • Private trip
    3/4 day
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 550
    up to 3 persons
    On this trip, you have 2 more hours than half day, so more options. Few miles away from the coast in serch of yellowfin tunas mahi mahi and also the chance to do fishing on inshore for roosterfish.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 400
    up to 3 persons
    On this 4-hour charter, you'll be fishing in the area of Papagayo Gulf for inshore species. You'll be catching Roosterfish with live and dead bait. The captain will also take you bottom fishing for Red Snapper on this trip.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Jack Crevalle

Snapper (Red)
Spanish Mackerel
Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Mako (Center console) originally built in 2010. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha 4-stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 34 knots.

27 ft
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing


Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Crew Keeps Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

About the Captain

Greyvin Mendez
Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Member since September 2015
'I was born in a town of commercial fishermen. The area where I live now is a very popular area for tourism and good fishing in Gulf of Papagayo.' Capt. Jose Mendez has a deep knowledge of local fisheries and will make sure you have a beautiful day on the water. He has been doing this job for over 18 years. Capt. Jose turned his job into a family business – his two sons and his older brother are also captains. They take turns in being 'the captain.' Capt. Jose loves his job because he gets to drive people around in his boat. Also, people like to ask him questions about fishing and his country, and he loves to talk to them and answer their questions.
Response time: 2 hours
Response rate: 100%

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David Orr
San José, Provincia De San Jose

Captain Jose & his son were very nice and helpful.

VERIFIED   March 13, 2017
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